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SXSW 2015: Life in the OASIS: Emulating the 1980s In-Browser

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SXSW 2015: Life in the OASIS: Emulating the 1980s In-Browser


Published March 13, 2015


In Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One, the world's population spends most of its time inside the OASIS, a simulator and ultimate operating system that provides access to an endless amount of games, videos and media to the world. At the Internet Archive, a nonprofit dedicated to open access to as much content as possible, a new in-browser interface allows instant access to tens of thousands of microcomputer programs, console games, and emulated vintage hardware. Author Ernest Cline and Internet Archive's software curator Jason Scott discuss the similarities between OASIS and the Archive, the consequences and results of a world with endless vintage computing access, and what parts of the 1980s they're working the hardest to save.

This panel was recorded by Jason Scott, on a H4N hand-held digital recorder set to stereo proximity recording.

This item contains two recordings - the edited "Presentation" version, with just the presentation itself and the Q&A session afterwards (1 hour long) and the "Fly on Wall" version, which includes 15 minutes of pre-panel banter and 5 minutes of post-panel banter.


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